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Strike On Hold For Fairborn Teachers
FAIRBORN -- The threat of a local teachers' strike is off the table, at least for now. After months of stalled talks the union has new hope.
Fairborn teachers and support staff were going to potentially vote on a possible strike notice Thursday afternoon. However during that meeting when they were going to talk about the strike, the school board dropped off a new contract proposal.
Fairborn teachers and support staff have been working without a contract since late June. The union says it's offered concessions, but certain sticking points remain like smaller class sizes, healthcare, and benefits.
Union spokesperson, Brian McWhorter says it's now up to the board to come up with a fair contract. and prevent a strike.
"They can fix this problem. All they have to do is recognize our contract and negotiate fairly for a new one. If that doesn't happen a strike is eminent," McWhorter said.
While voting on a 10 day strike notice is on hold, at least for now, there is legal action at the state level. The union has filed a lawsuit against the school board, citing unfair labor practices for forcing them to work without a contract. Just this afternoon the state said there was probable cause to sue. A hearing is expected in 30-40 days.
"When you add in unfair working conditions, that can make negotiations tough," McWhorter said.
The union says leadership is going to review the proposal and possible come back to the school board with a counter offer. No word on when that'll happen though.
Right now it's not clear what's in the new contract proposal.
We contacted the superintendent for comment about the status of negotiations, but our calls weren't returned.
FAIRBORN -- Enough is enough! That's the message coming out of the Fairborn teacher's union. They held a meeting at the American Legion Thursday afternoon to discuss stalled contract negotiations.
More than 300 Fairborn teachers and support staff met to potentially determine whether they will strike. The teacher's union has been working without a contract since the start of summer.
Union leaders and the board have met on numerous occasions, trying to come to an agreement, but there hasn't been any luck, even though the union says it's offered concessions.
Smaller class sizes, healthcare, and benefits have been some sticking points. The union rep tells ABC22/Fox45 one elementary gym class has 50 kids in it, with just one teacher, and the playground is packed with 250 kids with only three recess monitors, which had led to more student injuries.
'We just feel like we are being treated unfairly. We are doing everything we can to stay in our classrooms and be fair to the community because they want their kids to be with their teachers. But at some point we are going to get to a place where we say enough his enough," said Union Rep. Brian McWhorter.
If the union decides to strike, they have to give the board a 10 day notice.
We called the superintendent for comment about the stalled negotiations, but our calls were not returned.
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